Reviewer:Big Screen Guy
January 18, 2006 Subject:
This film contains historic footage of three men who served as U.S. president. John Kennedy, VP Lyndon Johnson, who became president when Kennedy was assassinated, and Congressman Gerald Ford. Ford became vice president when Spiro Agnew resigned and then became president when Richard Nixon resigned. He is the only person to serve as vice president and president without being elected to either office. Also note Robert Byrd, who still serves in the U.S. Senate.
A movie seemingly split in two, the first part starts off strongly, as JFK arrives for a day or 2 of reviewing Military exercises. He arrives at the first in a linousine convertible (!!) Such an image is unsettling now. He observes one military exercise, while Vice Prez Johnson goes off and views another. There are also members of the Capitol and Various world leaders on hand. Quite a fascinating shot of 1960's. Unfortunately, it gets bogged down in the 2nd half, where we focus on the military maneuvers. While quite fascinating and amazing to look at, it's sort of a let down especially after the very exciting first half.
June 27, 2003 Subject:
An Answer (Full Film)
JFK, along with LBJ, members of Congress (is that Gerald Ford having breakfast with the enlisted men?), NATO representatives, and other bigwigs, inspects the Navy and Marines, who do their best to give him the best show possible. Military buffs will probably enjoy this, as it contains lots of ships, planes, and things blowing up, but others will probably find it rather dull, though there is some eerie footage of JFK riding in an open car. And it does have historical value as a document of state-of-the-art military hardware and techniques from the early 60s.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ***.